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This has been an extraordinary, transformative, and unpredictable year in so many ways. Healthcare professionals (HCPs) have worked lengthy shifts, often on the frontlines of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) care, putting their own personal health at risk. Despite these challenges, they have continued not only to provide care at their "day jobs," but also to find the time in their hectic schedules to volunteer as peer reviewers for Advances in Skin & Wound Care. As we have learned, the virus has far-reaching impacts for every industry; when the pandemic began, it was unclear what implications COVID-19 would have on publishing. Would there still be a steady intake of manuscripts? Would our peer reviewers the world over have the availability to go beyond their expanded or even usual work roles and accept our invitations to review manuscripts during such a difficult time?


What happened exceeded our expectations. We continued to receive a record number of submissions; we worried what this would mean for our peer reviewers. However, even when invitees could not complete a peer review in the requested time frame, they declined the invitation quickly so someone else could be invited. This was so helpful. We worked hard to solicit and expand the number of skin and wound care experts in our database, focusing on a diversity of reviewers by geographic location and career stage. Having a good mix of reviewers at the beginning, middle, and later stages of their careers means each manuscript can benefit from the wisdom of experience and/or the new perspectives of a beginner. With more reviewers, we can limit the number of invitations to any single expert and thereby hopefully prevent peer reviewer fatigue or burnout.


We welcome all of our new Editorial Advisory Board members, peer-review panelists, and first-time peer reviewers, as well as thank all of our continuing reviewers. Please look at the names on our masthead and on the next page. The current "esprit de corps" has created a heartwarming community dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and improved practice for our readers and their patients. The best comments have been from those who felt "engaged" and that "Advances is 'our journal,'" indicating their touching commitment to our mission and vision statements. One recent comment in particular illustrates our common goals: "All of us interested in the care of the patient with wounds, the complexities of wound care, and the science of wound healing are an enthusiastic, committed team."


This September 21st through the 25th, we celebrate our community during Peer Review Week 2020.1,2 As in the past, it is a virtual global event that not only brings attention to the role of peer review but also celebrates the importance that peer review plays in maintaining scientific quality. Each year has a theme, and this year it is "Trust in Peer Review."1 This was a particularly fluid year that thrust many HCPs into the position of quickly evaluating rapidly changing information and making clinical decisions on the best ways to proceed; accordingly, never has trust in our scientific publications been more necessary.


When it comes to trust, HCPs can rely on guidance written by organizations that have established their expertise and commitment to excellence. For example, this issue's continuing education article by Dr Mary Litchford, a former president of the NPIAP, provides an important summary of the key points from the 2019 Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers/Injuries: Clinical Practice Guideline. This article can assist HCPs to identify the major changes in the guideline regarding nutrition and use the handy table on essential nutrients to put this new knowledge into practice. Further, this issue includes a diverse set of feature articles; we trust you will find these pages filled with helpful scientific information validated by our incredible team of experts.


Elizabeth A. Ayello, PhD, MS, BSN, RN, CWON, ETN, MAPWCA, FAAN


R. Gary Sibbald, MD, DSc(Hons), MEd, BSc, FRCPC(Med Derm), FAAD, MAPWCA, JM




1. Peer Review Week. About. Last accessed June 23, 2020. [Context Link]


2. Meadows A. In Peer Review Week We Trust. April 9, 2020. Last accessed June 23, 2020. [Context Link]

Thank You


The editorial team of Advances in Skin & Wound Care would like to thank the following experts who reviewed manuscripts for the journal from August 2019 to July 2020:


Margaret Teu Andrews


Sharon A. Aronovitch


Mara Aronson


Muhammad Shahzad Aslam


Helen Christina Ballestas


Sharon Baranoski


Paula Barbel


Bruna Maiara Ferreira Barreto Pires


Benjamin Bashline


Karen Lynn Bauer


JoAnn Beaudoin


Nancy Bergstrom


Christine Berke


Dan R. Berlowitz


James A. Birke


Gregory Bohn


Laura L. Bolton


Douglas D. Bradham


Mary R Brennan


David M. Brienza


Edith Ann Brous


Cezar Buzea


Virginia Capasso


Kathleen Miriam Capitulo


Laurent Olivier Chabal


Sumon Chakrabarti


Norman J. Chideckel


Ernest S. Chiu


Andy S. Chu


Kara Couch


Linda Cowan


Jill Cox


Christopher Cox


Roberto Cuomo


Victor Czerkasij


George A. Deitrick


Barbara Delmore


Debra L. Fawcett


Jennifer Flo


Anika Fourie


Harold Ira Friedman


Elizabeth Kahrs Friedrich


Susan L. Garber


Amit Gefen


Sandeep Gopalakrishnan


Scott Gorenstein


Subhas Gupta


Michel H.E. Hermans


Susan D. Horn


Anthony R. Iorio


Adam Lee Isaac


Christine C. Jarocki


Jonathan Johnson


Steven J. Kavros


Khurram H. Khan


Chaitanya Kodange


Bharat Kotru


Michael J. Lacqua


Stephan Landis


Diane K. Langemo


Raymond Lanzafame


Kimberly LeBlanc


Sarah Lebovits


Michelle V. Lee


Bruce Levin


Jeffrey Levine


Brock Liden


Mary Demarest Litchford


Joseph M. McCulloch


James McGuire


Melissa Sue McNulty


Matthew Mark Melin


Nancy Munoz


Rose Murphree


David W. Musick


Ann Marie Nie


Jeffrey Niezgoda


Linda Norton


Laurie Parsons


Julia Claire Paul


Barbara Pieper


Anna Aneta Polak


Elena Pope


Mary Ellen Posthauer


Jenny Prentice


Madhuri Reddy


Catherine A. Rogers


Ernesto Cuauhtemoc Sanchez


Richard Edward Schlanger


Thomas Serena


Cathryn Sibbald


Mary Sieggreen


Robert Skerker


Hiske Smart


Daniel J. Smith


Stephen Sprigle


Joyce Stechmiller


Susan Stelton


Nancy Stotts


Gulnaz Tariq


Jill Trelease


Puneet Tuli


Cathleen Van Houten


Darryl Werner


Vivian K. Wong


Kevin Woo


Annette Wysocki


Tracey Yap


Cecilia Yeung


Saldy Yusuf


Katherine Zimnicki


Karen M. Zulkowski